Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) has entered its second day after its kick off on Monday. On the first day, candidates sat for Maths and Chemistry theory papers, with a few cases being reported. Five candidates gave birth during the exam process as one candidate died in Nyamira immediately after doing Maths paper after collapsing.
But again, did you know that some candidates failed to completely show up for the exams? Forty-five candidates at Chebuyusi Secondary School in Kakamega failed to show up for the KCSE examination yesterday.
The 45 were to resit the exam after Knec cancelled the results of 181 candidates last year over cheating.
Yesterday, Kenya national Examination Council member Rosemary Saina, official Paul Korir and Education ministry officials Christine Muchemi and Martin Kungania were at the school to oversee the management of the exam to prevent a repeat of what happened last year.
The school had sued the examination council to compel it to release the results, but the case collapsed.
Principal Andrew Wanjala declined to speak to the members of the press about the absence of the candidates. Knec and ministry officials did not give a comment as well.
Navakholo deputy county commissioner Gideon Ombongi confirmed that 45 candidates, all of them registered to resit the exam, did not show up.
The school registered 365 candidates, among them the 181 candidates. Some of the 181 reported back to school in third term after the lawsuit collapsed.
“They started trickling back this term. Some even just showed up at the weekend but 45 did not turn up,” Ombongi said.
He said the administration is leaving nothing to chance to ensure no repeat of last year’s incident.
If it were not the cancellation of the exams, Chebuyusi had broken a record of registering results that saw every candidate gain a direct entry into the public Universities.
So far so good, the ministry of Education has confirmed that there has not been any reported cases of cheating in this year’s exams that have been militarized. With the tight security witnessed during these year’s exams, do you think the 45 candidates failed to show up on worries of being caught cheating?